Grand Exhibition of Henry Grant Plumb works planned at The Sherburne Inn

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SHERBURNE — In what is being billed as The Home Sweet Home Tour, Save The Sherburne Inn Restoration Project (SSIRP) will host an exhibition of artwork at The Sherburne Inn by the 19th century artist Henry Grant Plumb from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7.

H.G. Plumb was born in Sherburne in 1847, and much of his subject matter depicts scenes in and around Sherburne and Chenango County. The event is being organized in cooperation with Sherburne Historic Park and Sherburne Public Library.

Recently, a large collection of Plumb’s work was donated to The Town Of Sherburne’s Historic Park Society. More than 100 paintings, illustrations, and photographs were gifted to Historic Park by Nicholas Pavlik of Manhattan.

Pavlik, who received the works from HG Plumb’s daughter Margaret upon her death, will be attending the exhibition with several colleagues. Along with the Historic Park collection, Plumb pieces belonging to The Sherburne Inn and the Sherburne library will be on display. Other Plumb works are permanently housed at the Sherburne library, which will be open for visitors on Aug. 7.

“We’re very excited about this event, and about affording Sherburne residents – and those in surrounding communities and indeed throughout New York State – the opportunity to see this magnificent collection,” Kathleen Yasas, SSIRP president, said.

SSIRP, a non-profit that purchased the building in 2013 to save and restore the historic Sherburne Inn, will also offer tours of The Inn’s restoration progress.

“We’re calling this the ‘Home Sweet Home Tour’ for several reasons,” Yasas said. “The Sherburne Inn is a big part of the history of our hometown and we’ve made great progress so far, which we’d like our supporters to see for themselves; not to mention that the entire community is delighted that so much of Henry Grant Plumb’s work has finally come home.” 

H.G. Plumb may have started his journey in a small town in central New York, but at age 17 he moved to New York City where he began as an apprentice in the engraving and lithography trade. He rose to become an artist and studied at the Cooper Union Free Night School of Science and Art and at the National Academy of Design.

In 1874, Plumb set off for Paris and enrolled in the world-famous Ecole des Beaux Arts to study drawing and painting. He returned to the U.S. in 1897 to a successful art career in New York City, exhibiting there and throughout the Northeast. He was active until the end of his life, with obituaries featured in The New York Times and the New-York Tribune.

The Plumb family, and Henry’s mentor Tompkins H. Matteson (1813-1884) – in his own right a genre artist known internationally for his historical and literary paintings, and also a Sherburne resident – are buried in Sherburne.

On the net: henrygrantplumb.com. 

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